The Open Society Foundations is seeking application for its Human Rights and Drug Policy Workshop in Hong Kong with an aim to focus on the connections between human rights, public health, and drug policy as well as the gap between these principles and practice in the implementation of drug policies in Asia. The workshop will familiarize participants with the international drug control system, regional trends in drug markets (supply, transit, and demand), and comparative case studies of alternative approaches to managing drug use in society as a health and social concern.
The course will also look are recent trends in the Americas and Europe with a critical eye, exploring new and emerging challenges. It is hoped that the workshop can provide insights on how participants may adopt measures to bring enforcement activities and domestic law in line with human rights obligations and explore pragmatic approaches that mitigate the adverse health and social consequences of both drug use and overly punitive drug policies.
The Human Rights and Drug Policy Workshop will be held at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong from October 16 to October 20, 2017.
- current drug trends, international drug control system, and impacts in Asia Pacific
- human rights and drug control
- lessons learned and best practices of drug policy in Asia, Europe, and Latin America
- public health and harm reduction
- women, sexuality, and drug policy
- site visits in Hong Kong to harm reduction and treatment centers
All finalists are eligible to receive full scholarship support including travel, accommodation (shared double rooms), and meals.
- The following are encouraged to apply:
- government staff working on drug policy and health
- individuals from civil society working in public health, human rights, development, journalism, law, public policy, etc., with an interest in drug policy
- researchers and junior faculty
- While priority is given to those working on drug policy, no prior knowledge of human rights or drug policy is required to apply.
- Individuals from countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia are encouraged to apply.
Please visit the official website.
Complete the application form and send to Ms. Leona Li at [email protected] along with a curriculum vitae. On the last page of the application, you should provide a personal statement that answers why the workshop is relevant to your current activities and what you expect to get out of the workshop. The program representative will provide confirmation of receiving your application within three working days and application results approximately within a month by email.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2017Application ClosedOfficial link